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MacKay Mansion

The MacKay Mansion was built in 1859 by a young geological engineer, George Hearst. It is an impressive 3-story Victorian, with ornate furnishings and a lavish garden in parched Virginia City. With just a $400 investment in the Comstock Mines, George Hearst made a fortune and soon left to continue building his fortune in other mines.


The house was then bought by John MacKay, a young miner who learned to create mine shafts, and due to being paid in mine stock, quickly made his fortune as well with James Fair, James Flood , and William O'Brien when they hit big bonanza of the Consolidated Virginia and California mine. By 1870 MacKay had become one of the "Bonanza Kings" that were the richest and most powerful mine owners of the Comstock Lode. He later helped form the Postal Telegraph Company and laid undersea cables connecting the United States to Europe and Asia.


The house is open to the public as a museum. It is said to be haunted by a girl in white, an old lady, a colonel and a maid.

Virginia City, Nevada

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Taken on March 26, 2016